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The most intriguing Super Bowl story line might be the most obvious one as well, with two of the game's elite quarterbacks -- Manning and Brees, who combined for 8,888 yards passing and 67 touchdowns, each posting basically identical numbers to one another -- matching wits to decide a title.
It's not a 1-on-1 game, of course, but Manning and Brees will hear enough questions this week to make it seem that way.
"Well, they're probably not giving enough credit to the other side of the ball as well," Brees said. "I know that our defense has played exceptional as has the Colts' defense. So it's going to be one of those games that's, you know, back and forth, down to the wire I'm sure."
And at halftime came the perfect photo op, the meeting of the quarterbacks.
Manning and Brees shook hands and nodded at each other, then walked across the field side by side. They wished each other luck, then headed their separate ways, knowing the roads would lead them back to the exact same spot next Sunday night.
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